Pricey bears by German manufacturer Steiff dominate the plush animal collectors
market, though some vintage animals also do well.
The following websites have photos and detailed information that can help you identify
and describe your items:
Look for these signs of wear and tear:
Don’t try to clean a stuffed animal, since this could damage the item or lower the
value. Just describe its condition accurately and let the buyer decide whether or
not to clean it.
Steiff animals have a button sewn in the ear; this is one of the keys to authenticating
Keep stuffed animals in a well-ventilated room, away from children, pets, smoke
and cooking odors. Don’t place items in direct sunlight or next to heating vents
or air conditioners either, since temperature and humidity changes can cause damage.
Wrap each item individually in plastic to protect it from moisture, bubble wrap
it and place it in a sturdy box for shipment to the buyer.